The ECUAD Senate is the principal academic governance body of the University. The Senate is responsible for curriculum related matters, including development of academic policy, curriculum content and student performance issues. The Senate must advise the Board and the Board must seek advice from the Senate on the development of educational policy as outlined in the University Act.
The University Act, Part 7, 35.2 sets out the composition, powers and duties of the Senate of a special purpose teaching university. The legislation sets forth a bicameral or shared governance structure for decision-making between the Board and the Senate. 35.2 (4) of the University Act states:
The senate of a special purpose, teaching university must make bylaws for the conduct of the business of the senate, including bylaws specifying the duties of members of the senate in conflict of interest situations.
The effective governance of the University is contingent on Senate members fulfilling their roles and responsibilities to the highest standards of conduct. Duty of Integrity, Duty of Loyalty, Duty of Care, Duty of Confidentiality and Duty of Skill comprise the Code of Conduct, as per Senate Bylaws 7 Code of Conduct a) – e).
Faculty representatives serve on Senate and on all the subcommittees and are elected to these positions each fall of the academic year. Following are the Senate Committees: